2011 Reserve Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley
Petite Sirah is originally a French grape known as Durif, which is a cross between Syrah and Peloursin. However, Durif is pretty much non-existent in France today because the climate is not suited to such a late ripening variety. “Petite” refers to the small concentrated berries that produce an inky-dark wine. In California, early Petite Sirah plantings were mostly used as a blending partner. The warm climate and long, dry growing season allow us to achieve optimal ripeness and produce a soft, fruity wine with concentrated flavor and color. 2011 was a cool vintage, with temperatures in the 80’s most of the summer. The weather was a challenge for winemakers and growers alike, but the hillside location of the Petite Sirah vineyard allowed us to develop ripe flavor with moderate alcohol.
This Petite Sirah from our neighbor on Bradford Mountain is concentrated and full-bodied, but also soft with a balanced acidity. Deep purple color with aromas and flavors of blueberries, cherries and blackcurrants; with hints of sweet vanilla and black licorice. It is rich and full-bodied, with chewy tannins, and a ripe finish. This wine will soften and improve significantly over the next two years with further cellaring.